Out transgender Olympic gold medalist, reality television star, and former California gubernatorial candidate Caitlyn Jenner went on Fox Business to talk about her support for Florida’s Don’t Say Gay bill.
“I am a big supporter of [Florida Gov.] Ron DeSantis and what he’s doing,” Jenner, who is now a Fox contributor, said yesterday. “I’m a parent. I have a very large family, raised a very large family, have a lot of grandkids, and I have been in control of my children’s destiny and what they’re going to learn in school, not some math teacher teaching my kids about gender identity. I can teach those lessons.”
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H.B. 1557, which people have been calling the Don’t Say Gay bill, was signed into law by DeSantis last week. The law bans discussions of sexual orientation and gender identity in elementary school and requires that such discussions be “developmentally appropriate” in older grades.
The law doesn’t clearly define what “developmentally appropriate” means but it allows parents to sue schools if they feel that the school violated the law. Critics have said that it effectively blocks discussions of LGBTQ people in school.
“So, yes, I am in support of Ron DeSantis and what he has done,” Jenner continued on Fox. “I am disappointed in the backlash that he’s gotten, especially from Disney. This is a legislation [sic] that supports parents and the parents are the ones that are paying Disney to go to Disneyland and it’s unfortunate to see them react to it this way.”
Jenner came out as transgender at age 65 after decades of pretending to be a man. During that time, she raised her six children. She did not go into detail about what she taught them about gender identity while raising them or why it would have been bad if they had been able to read a book about Jazz Jennings at school.